This Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) nadir-camera image
of Ireland was acquired on May 5, 2000. The location of the town of Armagh in Northern
Ireland is marked. Armagh is the site of the 200-year-old Armagh
Observatory. The observatory's contributions to astronomical research
were recently commemorated by the official naming of two asteroids,
"ArmaghObs" and "Ardmacha". The latter is the ancient Gaelic name for
the town, which was founded in 445 A.D. by St. Patrick.
The asteroids were discovered in July 1987 by planetary astronomer
Eleanor Helin, Principal Investigator of JPL's Near-Earth Asteroid
Tracking (NEAT) program. The new names were published in the January
2001 Minor Planet Circular of the International Astronomical Union.
The Irish Sea and the Isle of Man are located on the right-hand side of
this image. Southwestern Scotland is visible in the upper right corner,
and portions of northwestern Wales can be seen in the lower right.